This Week on the Blog
The embrace of autumn is hugging us tight midway through September 2015. Snow has also flirted with the not so far mountain ranges. Winter is sending us a message that it is coming before we know it. Nonetheless, we hope to have long and temperate fall at OwyheeStar.
The fires are fewer, but in places they are still burning. The dry thirsty earth welcomes the cool and wet as well as fire-stifling snow. Living in Eastern Oregon (not the evergreen Oregon most people imagine) we are not in a hurry to see the naked trees. Leaves are already toppling off with increased numbers each day. The bare trees are most certainly not the only nakedness. The fields are being stripped and in turn exposing dirt–in many cases the color of our beloved Gray Weimaraner. Shades of gray are in season for winter. We cling to what is left of the lush summer green, knowing before long we will crave the green and colorful color of spring and summer. We are a four season region.
Sunday— September 13 — Resting With the Best
Monday — September 14 — Modeling for Terri
Tuesday — September 15 – Not a French Poodle
Wednesday — September 16 — A Weim Fix
Thursday — September 17— Thank you Jan
Friday — September 18 — No Ordinary Girl
On a very personal note
A lot of crazy things happened this week. Adversity comes and more often than not a person would like to avoid it. It is not always possible. Cliff and I have worked on the farmhouse remodel as diligently as possible. We are way short of our goal. Clearly, we are going to move in there with it vastly unfinished. For me, this is beyond challenging emotionally. I am a person that likes organization, order, and simplicity. Cliff is discouraged he cannot provide this for me. When all is given what more can a person ask? Since Cliff’s father passed on we have been flung into something so huge most people could never imagine taking it on. Nonetheless, we are going to chase our dream and hope there are no more setbacks. We are going to make a lot of people unhappy because there will be no OwyheeStar visits until we can pull things together. We don’t have the chunks of time required to give to others. What we have to give is needed for our grand kids.
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. That being said, we are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. It is very difficult to write script for photos. Other times it is only a note and no photos. If we can easily find some photos this is not a huge problem. If there is anyway possible, it is most helpful to get both–at least three sentences along with the photos. Being stretched thin on every side means we are in desperate to keep enough material available to create the daily blog with minimal effort. Sometimes having to write the whole blog (with all the OwyheeStar Weim interruptions) can mean working it more than two hours–so as you see what you send is so important. Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates.
September unfolds as we say goodbye to August 2005. The fall temperatures are pressing in, and it seems like football weather. Those in the Northwest are well aware of the Boise State — Washington game that occurred late yesterday. The first half was all Boise State; the second half it looked like Washington was going to overtake them–or at least they would tie Boise’s score. A missed last-minute Washington field goal was Boise’s saving grace.
We mentioned the fall-like weather. It was below fifty degrees when we turned in last evening. It is fifty this morning. A home cooked breakfast is in the works for Cliff. We hope you have something fun planned for Labor Day Weekend. We don’t know for sure what we will be doing. It for sure will include more football.
This Week on the Blog
We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!
Sunday— August 30 — Sometimes You Gotta Get Away
Monday — August 31 — The OwyheeStar Blog
Tuesday — September 1 – For Those Off Leash In Idaho
Wednesday — September 2— Bella Blue
Thursday — September 3—Weim Taunting Lizard
Friday — September 4—Besties
On a very personal note
It has been yet another busy week–no surprise at all. We are working on the farmhouse remodel. I believe we will be tying up a lot of loose ends this weekend; however, I am only on board for the trip. The skipper has not laid out a clear voyage on paper for me yet. Sometimes when he is at the helm there are a lot of changes; therefore, it is best to be the ever dutiful deck mate. Sometimes I fail to excel. We are both administrator-types.
My arm is improving. Progress is slow but consistent. I am not wearing the compression sleeve, and it doesn’t get any worse. The lymphedema massage therapist said my arm is doing better than another client’s arm who is experiencing almost identical issues. My arm has gotten better (with limiting compression), and this woman is wearing the compression sleeve constantly and has developed severely pitted edema symptoms. I feel for her.
Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates. They are vital for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share.
We can hope in the midst of the remodeling, that I find the time to make salsa. I have tomatoes in the garden, and before long fall will be reeking havoc on them. I have a few jars, and the makings for some homemade salsa. It seems like a plan. Dusty and Cliff (neither one) care if I find the time to make salsa. Oh, they are fine with me having it, it is just nothing they plan to touch. Cliff is wavering a bit, and saying he might even use some of it. Thursday, I got out to the garden. It did some grooming that will make picking tomatoes easier; it should expedite the ripening process too. The tomatoes are very tasty–they should make excellent salsa.
Summer and Fall
The summer puppies have left. We are getting some updates, and a few photos. We have fielded a couple of questions, but by all appearances people are making it through the initial settling-in in good order. On the home-front, we are scrambling to get things in order before winter comes knocking. Cliff has some major changes on our current house–the kind that take time more than anything. We also hope to paint both our home, and the farm house (dad’s old house) before it gets cold. Each time you start to work on something, there is something else that presents.
The OwyheeStar New’s Blog
Salsa, and remodeling aside, the blog continues. Thank you for the lovely comments on the blog. It warms my heart to know people not only read it, but look forward to its arrival. I try to be as timely as possible at making the morning post. Speaking of the morning blog-post; here are the links from this week:
- Sunday September 7 — Sunday Situation
- Monday September 8— Nevada Girl
- Tuesday September 9– Addie
- Wednesday September 10 — Emma
- Thursday September 11 — Happiness Happens
- Friday September 12 — Bailey
Around the Homestead
Cliff continues with the farm work. He is watering the hay. There is still one cutting left to remove from the back field. Chris Payne got our new hay planted, and Cliff is trying to get the water over it once. It is a bit tricky in our sandy soil. We cannot wait to see the field greening. It won’t stay that way once winter comes, but next spring we will get the first cutting from second field. Hay has been good to us.
The remodel, and the upgrades we are doing are happening. It is a slow process. We have to work between everything else. Nonetheless, these are things that must get done soon. I am anxious to get the houses painted. It will make things look a lot different.
We thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!
Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)
~Thank you for being a part of our lives!
Football, and Other Fall Fun…
We have turned yet another corner, and there is a lot to celebrate. We love the idea of harvest; however, I don’t care for the after-harvest bareness. Yes, the fields sport Weimar-gray, but if I had to choose an environmental team color, it would be green. I like all shades of green.
Today, Lacee’s puppies join their forever families. They will not be biting my legs anymore when I am cleaning the lawn. (oops) Puppy-biting is one of the biggest issues with the Weimaraner. The underpinning of getting them to stop doing this is to earn their respect, as well as their compliance. If they want to please you, then it is easier to get them to stop the biting. The worst thing a person can do is to over-react. This could not only be counterproductive, but lead to on-going behavioral issues. Puppy-biting is not aggression, but the snappy-lunging not only seems to be mean, but its bite hurts. Your success at halting this behavior is going to be resident in how you feel deep within. It never ceases to amaze us that this behavior will continue with one person, and not another. That speaks volumes about the fact that they have less respect, and feel they are not required to be as pleasing to this person. For those guys who feel it is always the woman who ends up being the target, think again. We have seen instances when the young Weimaraner respects the woman of the house, and totally subjugates the man. (Go Figure) This is more about what the Weimaraner can do, and how they perceive the pecking-order. Children are a whole other matter. Of course, the Weim sees their self above the kids in the pecking order. Usually, the younger members within the family fuel the fire (and desire) to continue the puppy-biting. The young Weim sees it as play, and as a way to establish the upper paw. It is true, that all too often children, and young adults engage the pups in the wrong manner. One way they fan the flames is by using their hands to engage the puppy in play. Another tendency is to let the Weim win at games (such as tug-o-war) The young are like the Everready-bunny–they fill the air with excitement–add a spark to the mix. Cliff is a pro at getting a pup to stop biting, but his methods will not work if they are not followed exactly as he does them. In fact, if done incorrectly, it will make the biting worse. In the end, we must admit; we do not find ourselves embroiled in puppy-biting issues. We give, and get respect from the pups at an early age. Our seemingly good luck stems from the fact that we have more opportunities to work with a puppy than the average pet-person.
Sunday August 31 — Celebrating the Trip Home
Monday September 1— The Working Weimaraner
Tuesday September 2– Goldee
Wednesday September 3 — Giardia
Thursday September 4 — Blu
Friday September 5 — Summer of 2014
OwyheeStar Summer Notes……
This summer’s labor was blessed indeed. Lauren has helped us all summer long with whatever we needed to accomplish. Many people would see this is a glamour position; however, it is replete with things a person would like to avoid. There is plenty of cleaning–Weim ears, puppy baths, pooh, and a lot of other things have to be kept clean. The record keeping is involved, and must be accurate. We take and process countless numbers of photos. Lauren would arrive at the appointed time, and find a lengthy list of things that needed to be done. In many cases, she completed everything (or almost everything) on the list. Recently, Slater (her brother) has offered a helping hand.
Cliff has been working on the new hay field. There are a few minor things to complete in order to get water on the ground. He is starting to get a feel for some aspects of what we do. It takes a while to catch on where things are stored, and the protocol we follow. A willingness to learn, and a helpful heart go a long way. We truly appreciate everything they have done.
We are hoping for fall puppies; we certainly expect to have pups again before the holiday season. There are always so many unknown factors. Everyone would like news, but sometimes we cannot share, because we don’t know. If you are on the formal waiting list, and in line for a puppy, we will let you know when we are certain things are going to produce a litter. Thank you for being patient.